Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Island stewardship

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 on Grape Island. The boat will depart from Courthouse Dock, 2 Northern Ave.

Volunteers will study changes in park biodiversity. They will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology and natural history of the park, working to improve the habitat for the native birds, bugs and flowers of the local national park. There will also be opportunities to search for invasive pest insects and plants and to catalog bird use in the park.

Participants should dress appropriately in layers for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit or call 978-360-0421.

Summer reading kick-off

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a free summer reading kick-off program at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.

This year’s program is “Let’s Rock!” Children of all ages are welcome.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Starring Sterling Hayden

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, is screening films starring Hollywood star Sterling Hayden from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during June.

Rugged yet handsome Hayden stars in films from his Hollywood heyday, the 1950s, including “The Golden Hawk” co-starring Rhonda Fleming on June 12; “The Star” co-starring Bette Davis and Natalie Wood on June 19; and “The Killing” with Vince Edwards on June 26.

Admission is free. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Boston Ballet story time

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Curator tour

A free curator talk and tour will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

Ruth Erickson will lead visitors through the latest collection exhibition, featuring works by Lynda Benglis, Liz Deschenes, Tara Donovan, Ellen Gallagher, Sheila Hicks, Vik Muñiz, Senga Nengudi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and others.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-478-3100.

New artwork

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting new works by artist Todd Mazer now to July 7.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and by appointment.

Further information is available at

5K and fun run

The eighth annual Spectacle Island Flag Day 5K and kids’ fun run will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. The boat will depart from Long Wharf at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from the historic island. Race day festivities will include a 5K race; a half-mile kids’ fun run; field day competitions; post-race picnic lunch for all participants; musical entertainment; kids’ activities, yoga, the New England Aquarium touch tank and more. The 5K will begin at 10 a.m.

Admission is $40 for the 5K and $20 for the kids’ fun run (ages 11 and under) and includes a ferry ticket, a T-shirt and lunch. Tickets for spectators are $27 for adults and $10 for children.

Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-223-8108 or online at

Waterfront 5K

The McCourt Foundation’s inaugural Waterfront 5K and Fitness Festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, meeting at the Reebok Headquarters, 25 Drydock Ave.

This family-friendly event will include a certified 5K race and walk, youth races and athletic events on the scenic Boston Waterfront. It will also feature a post-race expo at the Massport Flynn Cruise Port with live entertainment by Dalton & the Sheriffs, awards ceremony, Harpoon beer garden, food and activities and games for the whole family.

Race fees are $38 per adult for the run/walk, $15 for the youth half-mile for children ages 9-12, $15 for the youth 100-meter dash for children, ages 5-8 and $40 for yoga classes.

The McCourt Foundation raises valuable funds that support critical neurology research at Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. The foundation also offers the opportunity for individuals to fundraise ahead of race day.

To register and for further information, visit

Family art days

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is hosting free family days from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through Sept. 2.

Saya Woolfalk is a New York–based artist who uses science fiction, technology and fantasy to re-imagine the world and think about how combining cultures can create more utopian societies.

In “Hybrid-Digital Home,” she has collaborated with her six-year-old daughter, Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, to reinvent the ICA’s Art Lab as a warm domestic environment made up of a lively combination of patterns.

The installation combines textile patterns from around the world with computer-generated patterns based on visitor drawings created in Scratch. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute drawings to be digitally patterned and added to the wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.

Registration is not required. Families can learn to use Scratch at an ICA family workshop on Aug. 4.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-478-3100.

Castle Island tours

The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.

Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.

Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-333-7404.

Art at the courthouse

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through June 29.

The HarborPark Exhibit features paintings and drawings by Clayton Curtis and “Words of New England: A Calligraphic Exhibition of Poetry and Prose from Boston and New England” is on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “Discovering Justice Presents: The Justice Seekers Biography Project.”

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further information.

Pop-up art talk

A pop up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

Tickets are free with museum admission.

Visit or call 617-478-3103 for further details.